Local officials facing election decisions soon
by TCT Staff
May 29, 2013 12:42 AM | 1800 views | 1 1 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
City elections are coming up this fall in several of the municipalities around Cherokee County, and already some elected officials who will see their terms in office expire are making the decision whether or not to seek re-election.

Canton City Clerk Susan Stanton said Tuesday that several seats on the City Council are up for re-election this year.

Canton has three wards, each with two seats on the council. This year, one seat from each ward will be up for re-election, Stanton said. The mayor’s seat is not up this election cycle.

Councilmen Bob Rush of Ward 1, John Beresford of Ward 3 and Bill Bryan of Ward 2 will be among those whose terms will expire, Stanton said.

Rush said Tuesday that he has decided not to run again.

Canton resident Sandy McGrew announced last week that she would be going after his seat.

McGrew said Tuesday that she hopes to help Canton get out of debt and bring “smart” growth to the city.

“I want to see the entire city — not just downtown, but the entire city limits — grow in a smart way and bring businesses and visitors to Canton,” she said.

Bryan has made public multiple times that he has no intention of seeking re-election.

Beresford said Tuesday that he is still considering whether or not he’ll run again.

Stanton said qualifying for Canton elections will be from Aug. 26 to Aug. 30.

Applicants will pay a $65 fee to throw their hat in to the election, which is to be conducted Nov. 5, Stanton said.

In Woodstock, the seats for mayor and Wards 1, 3 and 5 are up for election this year, according to Rhonda Pezzello, city clerk.

Qualifying dates have not yet been set, but should be the last week of August, she said.

In a joint announcement in March, the Woodstock mayor and the three council members up for election in November said they will once again seek their respective posts.

Mayor Donnie Henriques and Ward 1 Councilman Randy Brewer, Ward 3 Councilman Bob Mueller and Ward 5 Councilman Bud Leonard all said they planned to seek re-election.

The fee to qualify for the mayoral seat in Woodstock is $360 and $270 for each council seat. Potential candidates may qualify at the office of the city clerk in the Woodstock Annex, 12453 Highway 92.

Both the mayor and council serve four-year terms that expire Dec. 31. Council member candidates run by ward but are elected at-large by majority vote. The mayor is elected at-large by majority vote.
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May 29, 2013
We are thrilled that Bryan and Rush will not seek to ruin our city any further. Hopefully Beresford will do the same.
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